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Seventh International Conference on Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma

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The Seventh International Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma Conference will bring together clinicians (physicians, nurses, and advanced practice providers), social workers, researchers, forensic scientists, engineers and others from a wide range of disciplines to share their research efforts, discuss research challenges and controversies in this field, and develop cross-disciplinary collaborations to further advance our understanding of abusive head injuries.

Overall Objectives

  • Interpret findings from studies related to pediatric abusive head trauma (AHT) from a broad range of disciplines
  • Evaluate ongoing controversies related to pediatric AHT
  • Promote intercollegial AHT research across disciplines


Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


$450 for physicians and PhDs, $200 for others

The fee includes:

  • Cost of instruction
  • All listed meals
  • Handout materials (online)

Registrations received after Sept. 25, 2019, will incur a $25 late fee.


Cancellations received after Sept. 19, 2019, will be assessed a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be made for cancellations that are received after Sept. 22, 2019.

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.

If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies. Preregistered participants will be notified if a program is filled or canceled.

Local Attractions

Join us in Hershey

Hershey is conveniently located in central Pennsylvania, just 90 minutes from Baltimore and Philadelphia, two hours from Washington, D.C., and three hours from New York City.

Faculty, Agenda and Objectives

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019

  • 7 a.m. | Check-in/Materials/Continental Breakfast
  • 8 a.m. | Welcome and Introductory Remarks
    Mark S. Dias, MD
    Lori Frasier, MD
  • 8:15 a.m. | Genetic Disorders to Consider in the Workup of AHT
    Natasha Shur, MD
    Head, Division of Genetics; Department of Pediatrics
    National Children’s Hospital
    Washington, DC
  • 9:15 a.m. | Scientific Session 1 (Abstract Presentations)
    • Estimating the probability of abusive head trauma pre- and post-abuse evaluation
      Kent P. Hymel, MD
      Professor of Pediatrics, Penn State College of Medicine
      Child Abuse Pediatrician, Penn State Children’s Hospital
      Hershey, PA
    • External validation of the PediBIRN screening tool for abusive head trauma in pediatric emergency department settings
      Kent P. Hymel. MD
  • 10:15 a.m. | Break
  • 10:45 a.m. | Abstract Presentations Continue
    • Estimating the diagnostic utility of historical red flags of abusive head trauma
      Kent P. Hymel, MD
    • Applying cluster analysis to explore physicians’ diagnostic reasoning regarding abusive head trauma
      Kent P. Hymel, MD
    • The Upstate New York AHT Prevention Program at 20 Years
      Mark Dias, MD
      Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics
      Penn State Children’s Hospital
      Penn State College of Medicine
      Hershey, PA
  • 12:15 p.m. | Question-and-Answer Session with Morning Presenters
  • 12:45 p.m. | Lunch
  • 1:45 p.m. | 2018 Literature Update: Important Advances/Publications
    Steve Boos, MD
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    University of Massachusetts College of Medicine
    Springfield, MA
  • 2:45 p.m. | Scientific Session 2 (Abstract Presentations)
    • Babies and Toddlers Fatality Investigations
      P. Leigh Bishop
      President and Founder
      Babies and Toddlers, Inc.
      New York, NY
    • We are Better Together: Child Abuse Pediatricians and the Los Angeles District Attorney Complex Child Abuse Section
      Sandra Murray, MD
      Clinical Professor Pediatrics
      University of California, Irvine College of Medicine
      Irvine, CA
      Pak Kouch, JD
      Deputy District Attorney
      Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
      Los Angeles, CA
  • 3:45 p.m. | Adjournment

Friday, Sept. 27, 2019

  • 7 a.m. | Breakfast and Networking
  • 8 a.m. | Mini-Symposium: Neuroradiology
    • Basic MRI Sequences – What Do They Mean? How Should We Interpret Them?
      Arabinda Kumar Choudhary, MD, MRCP, FRCR
      Professor of Radiology, Thomas Jefferson University College of Medicine
      Chair of Radiology, Nemours Children’s Hospital
      Wilmington, DE
    • Review of Cranial and Spinal Neuroimaging in AHT: How Specific (or Not)?
      Arabinda Kumar Choudhary, MD, MRCP, FRCR
  • 9 a.m. | Timing of Cranial Injuries
    Mark Dias, MD
    Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics
    Penn State Children’s Hospital
    Penn State College of Medicine
    Hershey, PA
  • 9:30 a.m. | Break
  • 9:45 a.m. | The Future of Neuroradiology: Advanced Imaging Techniques
    Giulio Zuccoli, MD
    Professor and Chief of Neuroradiology
    Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA
  • 10:15 a.m. | Biomarkers of Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy
    Ericka Fink, MD
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care Medicine)
    Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • 11:15 a.m. | Question-and-Answer Session with Morning Presenters
  • 11:45 a.m. | Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m. | Scientific Session III (Abstract Presentations)
    • Characteristics Associated with Spine Injury on MRI in Children Evaluated for Abusive Head Trauma
      Angela Rabbitt, DO
      Associate Professor of Pediatrics
      Child Advocacy and Protection Services, Medical College of Wisconsin
      Milwaukee, WI
    • The Utility of the ASL Sequence in Parenchymal Injury of the Brain in Abusive Head Trauma
      Rahul Nikam, MD
      Assistant Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics
      Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
      Wilmington, DE
    • Wearable Ultrasound and Thermoacoustic Neuroimaging Hat for Infants
      Sri-Rajasekhar Kothapalli, PhD
      Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
      Penn State
      State College, PA
    • A Numerical Study of Thermoacoustic Tomography for Abusive Head Trauma
      Christopher Fadden, MS
      PhD Student and Lab Member, Electrical Engineering
      Penn State
      State College, PA
  • 2:45 p.m. | Panel: The SBU Controversy – Is It Really?
    Gabriel Otterman, MD, MPH, PhD
    Senior Consultant Pediatrician, Child Protection
    Uppsala University Children’s Hospital
    Joelle Moreno, JD
    Associate Dean and Professor of Law
    Florida International University Law
    Miami, FL
  • 3:45 p.m. | Concluding Remarks
    Mark Dias, MD
    Lori Frasier, MD
  • 4 p.m. | Evaluation and Adjournment


Accommodations are the responsibility of the participant.

The room block that was reserved at the Hershey Lodge has been filled; see additional lodging options here.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Continuing Education at least one week in advance of your participation or visit.


Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.

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